With Silva hurt, Roy Jones Jr wants to box Nick Diaz

 

For years Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. have expressed the desire to face each other, in a boxing match.

“That’s his lifelong dream,” said Jones of Silva. “We’ve got to make that happen. If (Silva) beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match."

UFC president Dana White had said, however grudgingly, that he would consider the bout.

“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” said White recently. “First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight Roy – I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy."

Jones boxed this month in Russia, and attended UFC 168 live to hype a potential fight. Then Anderson Silva's leg snapped in half fighting Chris Weidman.

Undeterred, Jones now says he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and idea the pair first floated in 2009. MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani has the story.

The former boxing champion said that his top choice has always been to box Silva but now that that's off the table, he's very interested in boxing Nick Diaz. Jones Jr. said he told UFC president Dana White about his desire to box Diaz, and White told him he'd think about it. Given Diaz's contract with the UFC, White would obviously have to be on board with the idea for the fight to happen.

Of course, The 30-year-old Diaz, who walked away from MMA in March following his UFC 158 loss to Georges St-Pierre, recently turned down a rematch against Carlos Condit. He has maintained that he would only return to MMA if he was offered a chance to fight GSP or Silva, but he has also always expressed a desire to try his hand at boxing.

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12/29/13 3:51 PM by macblack

The Stockton BJ involves no hands those are used for typing on the UG

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12/29/13 3:22 PM by HULC

Stupid idea is stupid. RJJ is shot as a boxer and is looking for easy pat days, which in a boxing match is all Diaz would be.

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12/29/13 3:22 PM by HULC

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12/29/13 3:05 PM by I LOVE DIAZ (no homo)

link to article.http://mmajunkie.com/2013/12/roy-jones-jr-wants-boxing-match-with-retired-ufc-vet-nick-diaz/

Kazp306 site profile image  

12/29/13 2:54 PM by Kazp306

RJJ acts as if Silva isnt good enough to fight him. RJJ is well past his prime and has a glass chin.

MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

12/29/13 2:40 PM by MisterHawkeMMA

Roy needs to just stop bullshitting and get in the cage. He's in a lot better shape at 44 for than Dan or Randy were, and he's not even on TRT yet. If him and Diaz fought in the UFC, they'd clear a million buys easy. Also, I'd love to see if Diaz was stubborn/dumb enough to try and stand with Roy.

xsrg95 site profile image  

12/29/13 10:55 AM by xsrg95

in a Boxing match

xsrg95 site profile image  

12/29/13 10:53 AM by xsrg95

if they pay Diaz what he wants then yeah, it's a mismatch but if Diaz fights he should be getting paid more just for accepting. shit he should ask more than what he got paid from the GSP fight.

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12/29/13 3:33 AM by r_o_y

I would watch it for sure

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12/29/13 3:33 AM by lormpino

In for video of ssuce